ENGL301 - Critical Methods in the Study of Literature
0601 - Edlie Wong


This discussion based, writing-intensive class introduces English majors to some of the questions, concepts, terms, and approaches central to the study of literature. We will spend the first half of the semester surveying major literary genres (poetry, narrative fiction, drama) and familiarizing you with some of the principal forms within those genres (free verse, gothic fiction, realism and naturalism, epistolary fiction, magical realism, graphic novel, comic novel). The second half of the semester will be spent examining and practicing the approaches for studying literature that have predominated since the early twentieth century, from New Criticism, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, Marxism, and Race and Ethnicity Studies to New Historicism. Writers studied may include Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Bishop, Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Pynchon, Stephen Crane, Art Spiegelman, Julie Schumacher, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mark Twain, Henry James, Herman Melville, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Toni Morrison. 


Must be in English Language and Literature program; or must be in Secondary Educ: English Language Arts program.